Getting South Africa Safely Back to Business
Business Reopening Checklists
Published August 4th, 2020
Reopening Guidance for Businesses in South Africa
In spite of the growing numbers of coronavirus cases in the country, the government is determined to reopen businesses for the sake of the economy. South Africa has modified its restrictions to allow industries such as manufacturing, mining, construction, financial services, professional and business services, information technology, communications, government services, wholesale and retail, and media services to operate at a reduced capacity under strict health and safety protocols prescribed by the authority.
To help business owners implement and mandate safety protocols, we have compiled reopening guidance checklists to help improve the safety of workers and consumers against COVID-19.
Disclaimer: Please note that these checklists are hypothetical examples and provide basic information only. They are not intended to take the place of medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should also seek professional advice to determine if the use of such checklists are permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.
Guidance & Checklist Templates
The Government of South Africa provides guidance to manage the spread of COVID-19 upon reopening the country’s economy. The government requires companies to develop a workplace plan that adheres to additional health and safety protocols such as putting in place sanitary and distancing measures.
To help employers and employees prepare for returning to work during and after the COVID-19 era, use the following general industry COVID-19 checklists you can download and use for free:
The CDC and OSHA have supplemented guidelines for the manufacturing industry that manufacturing businesses in South Africa can use to address key risk factors related to COVID-19 in the workplace. Manufacturing companies will need to implement enhanced health and safety protocols to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of its employees.
Reopen manufacturing facilities and operate safely with the following checklists:
For the construction industry, CDC has provided a general guideline for construction employees and employers that can be used by construction businesses in South Africa.
Below are checklists that you can use to help protect construction workers from threats of the COVID-19 virus:
For guidance of reopening of wholesale and retail trade in South Africa during the pandemic, they can use general reopening guidance by the CDC as a pattern in implementing health and safety protocols in the workplace.
Protect workers and customers by using the following free retail checklists: